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Dawn of Mana

Platform(s): PlayStation 2
Genre: RPG/Action
Publisher: Square Enix

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'Dawn of Mana' (PS2) - 14 New Screens

by Rainier on April 27, 2007 @ 2:37 p.m. PDT

Dawn of Mana reveals the origins of the legend behind the Mana Tree and the Sword of Mana. Breaking the series' 2D mould, Dawn of Mana brings the world of Mana to three-dimensional life while preserving the atmosphere that fans have come to know and love.

Steeped in the rich tradition of the beloved Mana franchise, Dawn of Mana fuses innovative physics-based combat, lovable characters, and a compelling narrative that reveals the stunning genesis of the Mana universe. Freed from the limitations of two-dimensional graphics, Dawn of Mana brings the world of Mana into 3D for the first time while preserving the atmosphere that fans have come to know and love. New characters and environments join familiar monsters and elemental spirits from previous Mana titles, and are fleshed out through the wonders of cutting-edge rendering techniques that encapsulate the signature beauty and subtlety of the acclaimed series. Accompanying the visuals is a soul-stirring title track from acclaimed composer and Grammy and Academy Award winner Ryuichi Sakamoto, who has composed music for many notable Hollywood productions.

Breathing new life into the vaunted Mana franchise, Heroes of ManaA takes the beloved series into an entirely new dimension. Generals will plan, plot and strategize their way to victory on the battlefield. Command an army of heroes, creatures and beloved rabites with the use of the Nintendo DS Touch Screen, and experience an all-new perspective on the ever-evolving battle for the Mana Tree. Skilled players can see how they rank among other players around the world through the Nintendo Wi-Fi ranking system.

Players can see for themselves how vividly characters and monsters move about these new yet familiar surroundings. This instalment of the Mana is a true action-adventure, with sweeping plains and mountains stretching as far as the eye can see. It’s a world ripe for adventure!

DAWN of MANA finally reveals the origins of the legend behind the Mana Tree and the Sword of Mana. Freed from the limitations of two-dimensional graphics, DAWN of MANA brings the world of Mana into 3D for the first time while preserving the atmosphere that fans have come to know and love. New characters and environments join familiar monsters and elemental spirits from previous Mana titles, and are fleshed out through the wonders of cutting-edge rendering techniques that preserve the signature beauty and subtlety of the acclaimed series.

Long ago, when the world was at peace and magic was yet unknown to man, the beautiful isle of Illusia floated in the center of the Inner Sea. Over the island towered the Great Tree, the source of all life and creation. There it had stood since the dawn of the world, but over time, the tree gradually turned to stone and slept as though death had at last arrived. So begins the story of how a boy came to wield a sacred sword and how a maiden became a goddess, entwining the fate of spirits, mortals, and the entire world into a captivating tale of hope and despair.

Features :

  • Cinematic production values are amplified by a gripping opening theme composed by Grammy and Academy Award winner Ryuichi Sakamoto, and a sweeping score from series composer Kenji Ito
  • Instant accessibility makes the game fun and intuitive for a wide variety of gamers – simple controls and quick “pick-up-and-play” mechanics make the game fun for long-time fans and newcomers to the franchise
  • Witness a beautiful lighting system that softens the game world, exuding a feeling of warmth and subtleness that cascades through trees, over the hills and onto the elements of vividly detailed landscapes fans have come to expect from the Mana series
  • Different weapons and gameplay mechanics allow multiple ways to approach enemies – attack head-on with the sword, use the slingshot from afar or manipulate the environment with a whip to cause a fantastic avalanche of boulders – guaranteeing no two adventures are the same!

Dawn of Mana, developed by Brownie Brown Inc., is rated T for Teen, and will ship to retail outlets across North America on May 22, 2007.

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